East Coast US, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part III)

In June of 2014, Pat and I passed an important milestone for any adventurous couple – surviving our first camping trip together! It was a fairly last-minute decision, and we didn’t even have our own camping gear at this point. But we wanted to get out and explore, so we managed to borrow what we… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part III)

East Coast US, New England, Travels

On Top of Connecticut: Bear Mountain

I haven’t decided yet if I’m a High-Pointer – that is, a person who sets the goal of standing atop the highest point in each state. The part of me that’s drawn to superlatives (the tallest, oldest, etc.) loves the idea. The part of me that enjoys making lists and crossing things off of lists… Continue reading On Top of Connecticut: Bear Mountain

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Maritime Explorations – USS Nautilus Submarine, Charles W. Morgan Whaling Ship, and Mystic Seaport

Pat really likes boats. Not as much as he likes blimps… which is a story for another time. But his inner child gets really excited about boats. (Truthfully, mine does too.) So I planned a nautical-themed day for us on the Connecticut coast. And I have to admit, I very much enjoyed it as well.… Continue reading Maritime Explorations – USS Nautilus Submarine, Charles W. Morgan Whaling Ship, and Mystic Seaport

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part II)

I’ve definitely complained to you guys before about how miserable and dark and cold winters are in Connecticut. Sometimes winter just holds on for so long and won't go away. But sometimes, spring breaks through a bit earlier, gracing us with sunshine and warmer weather. This was the case in the spring of 2014, which… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part II)

East Coast US, Lists, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks

My first summer in CT, I learned an important lesson: grad students don’t really get a summer. Sure, we aren’t taking classes… but there’s still plenty of work to be done. Science doesn’t do itself. Fortunately, I was still very early on in my grad school career so I did at least manage to have… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks

East Coast US, Travels

Thanksgiving in North Carolina

By the time Thanksgiving rolled around, I was still struggling with this whole living in New England and being a grad student thing. Actually, school was going okay. Living in Connecticut was not. I got along well with my roommates and the other students in my department, but I missed my family and friends back… Continue reading Thanksgiving in North Carolina

About me, New England

Autumn in New England

I'm just going to come out and say it: New England isn't my favorite place. It's been a good experience for me to live somewhere different, and I've largely enjoyed my time here, but it's not a place I want to stay after Pat and I finish school. Too many people, too much traffic, too many… Continue reading Autumn in New England